Presidio Kids: Nature Loving Kids

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 Category Kids and Family; Nature and Science

​It's springtime – flowers are blooming, birds are nesting, and the Presidio is bursting with (wild)life. With Earth Day on the calendar this month, there's no better time for kids to embrace the great outdoors.

Here's a small sampling of ways to expand your kid's mind, and engage with ecology, history, trails, and the spectacular views to be found within the park's natural landscape:

Presidio Nature Lab

Starting April 21, this new exhibition at the Presidio Officers' Club is your kid's springboard for adventures in the Presidio. It's a hands-on, all-ages experience with interactive exhibits that will spark a child's imagination and inspire exploration of the Presidio's beautiful open spaces. Use a microscope, see historic photos of the landscape, learn about Presidio science pioneers, and share your own stories about nature in this fun exhibition…then take it outside! Learn more about Presidio Nature Lab >>

Take to the Presidio Trails

After learning all the who, what, when, and why of the Presidio's natural wonders at the Presidio Nature Lab, grab a Kids on Trails Guide or an Adventure Map and set off on a hike. The guides are great for youngsters aged five to eight. If you have an older child, on the back of the Adventure Map you'll find a scavenger hunt with prompts to "wet your feet in the bay or ocean," "see our state flower blooming," or "hug a redwood tree." Experience it all! Also check out this month's Presidio's Greatest Lists feature for special spring sightings in the Presidio.

Crafting at Creative Family Fun in the Presidio Officers' Club

Every Saturday and Sunday, kids can come to the Presidio Officers' Club to make fun and imaginative crafts based on the Presidio's natural and cultural history. In honor of Earth Day, on April 23 and April 24, kids are invited to create their own nature mobiles, taking a cue from Andy Goldsworthy, an artist who uses materials found in the natural world. Creative Family Fun takes place every weekend, with drop in hours from 11 am to 4 pm.